Two kinds of tests are recommended for nearly all IBS patients – food allergy testing, which is a blood test; and testing for bacteria, yeast, and parasites, which is done by stool testing.
Problems in any of these areas can alone cause IBS, but it is very common to have a combination of both a food allergy and a microbial issue. There are other causes, of course. But these tests capture the primary causes for the majority of patients and are therefore a great place to start.
If you have additional questions about testing for food allergies, please contact our office directly.
Standard Food Allergy Panel – 96 foods
Dairy: Cow’s milk, whey, casein, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, goat’s milk.
Meat and Poultry: beef, chicken, lamb, pork, chicken, eggs white (chicken), egg yolk (chicken), whole egg (duck), turkey.
Grains: amaranth, barley, buckwheat, corn, gliadin (wheat), gluten (wheat), oat, rice (white), rye, spelt, whole wheat.
Seafoods: lobster, clam, cod, crab, halibut, scallop, salmon, shrimp, red snapper, sole, tuna
Vegetables: avocado, broccoli, beet, bell pepper (green), cabbage (white), carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, garlic, lettuce, mushroom, olive (black), onion (white), potato (white), pumpkin, radish, spinach, sweet potato, tomato, zucchini squash.
Nuts: almond, coconut, hazelnut, peanut, pecan, sesame seed, sunflower seed, walnut
Legumes: green pea, kidney bean, lentil, lima bean, peanut, pinto bean, string bean, soy bean.
Fruits: apple, apricot, banana, blueberry, cherry, grape (red), grapefruit, lemon, orange, papaya, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, raspberry, strawberry.
Miscellaneous: coffee bean, cocoa (chocolate) bean, honey, baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, sugar cane.
Foods Included in the 16 ‘Vegetarian’ Additional Food Allergy Panel
Vegetables: Artichoke, Bean Sprout, Eggplant, Chili Pepper, Black Pepper
Grains: Flaxseed, Kamut, Millet, Quinoa, Brown Rice
Legumes/Nuts: Navy Bean, Cashew Nut, Pistachio Nut
Fruits: Cantaloupe, Cherry, Watermelon
Foods Included in the 24 Herbs and 24 Spices Additional Food Allergy Panel
Spices: Allspice, Basil, Bay Leaf, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cumin Seed, Curry, Dill, Fennel, Ginger, Horseradish, Marjoram, Mustard, Nutmeg, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Pepper (black), Pepper (cayenne), Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Vanilla Bean
Herbs: Aloe Vera, Angelica sinensis (Dong Quai), Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Uva ursi), Astragalus membranaceus (Astragalus), Camellia sinensis (Green Tea), Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Cohosh), Dioscorea villosa (Wild Yam), Echinacea augustifolia (Echinacea), Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian Ginseng), Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice), Grape Seed, Gymnema sylvestre (Gymnema), Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal); Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s Wort), Matricaria chamomilla (Chamomile), Plantago ovata (Psyllium), Rosa canina (Rose Hips), Serenoa serrulata (Saw Palmetto), Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle), Spirulina, Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion), Vaccinum myrtillus (Bilberry), Valeriana officinalis (Valerian), Withania somnifera (Ashwaganda
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